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poverished that increasingly heavy applications are necessary to maintain the high crop yields that are needed to pay the bank loans taken out to buy the machinery, fuel and fertilizer to keep farming in this “modern” way. It’s a brutal treadmill that has already devoured most conventional farmers and their communities. This pattern is repeated across the country with local variations in climate, terrain, soils, crops and cultures. But the outcome has been much the same, leaving

Just off of I-70 between Manhattan and Salina, Kansas stood a billboard with a picture of sunshine and wheat proudly proclaiming “One Kansas farmer feeds 96 Americans and You!” Proponents and promoters of Modern American Agriculture used to talk about “Feeding the World.” reminding us that “this agriculture is the most productive in the world.” So why in the world would anybody want something different, or question anything about this near-miraculous source of our food? One starting place to answer those questions might be the “most productive” claim. If we look at the number of man-hours needed to produce a bushel of corn or many other agricultural commodities, the claim holds up. But there are other measures, other things that are important to agriculture, to farmers, to the broader society—to the world. A few of these are the health of that farmer, his farm, his community and the consumers of his production. A closer look reveals real problems, and questions whether this modern agriculture can continue as it is, and whether that farmer can continue operating the way he does.. The first fundamental problem concerns the enormous amount of fossil energy this system requires. The big diesel tractor with air-conditioned cab, the chemical fertilizers, the pesticides and much else on that farm, require massive doses of fossil fuel, most coming from petroleum. On average every kilocalorie produced in the form of food from such a farm, requires 10 kilocalories of fossil fuel input. With cheap petroleum becoming a thing of the past, the clock is ticking. But that farmer, on average again, was already on the edge financially and was likely staying in business only because of government farmprogram subsidy payments.

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Beyond the huge and expensive energy subsidy is a host of other problems beginning with the soil—the fundamental base for farming, and in fact for modern urban societies and ultimately, civilization. In much of the breadbasket for the country including that

us as a nation mostly dependent upon an industrialized, large-scale, monocultureinclined, financially-precarious source of food. There are other problems intertwined with these, but one deserves special attention. Since the 1950’s when this industrialized system started to become dominant, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been keeping statistics on the nutrient content of our food. For the 43 crops tracked, critical vitamin and mineral content has decreased from between 15% and almost 40% for com-

part of Kansas where the billboard stood, about half the depth of the rich, deep black soil has disappeared since we recent Americans began to farm it. Annual plowing has left ground, which was protected for millennia by the tall-grass prairie, exposed for much of every year. The water and wind erosion results, by some calculations, in one bushel of soil lost for every bushel of corn produced. And the constant use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides have left the soil biota so im-

mon foods. Have we noticed? Most of us didn’t know to look. But a pattern has appeared showing significant increases in chronic diseases with wellestablished links to diet. Four of them—heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer are among the top leading causes of death in America. Part of this increase is certainly due to altered patterns of eating, but part is also certainly due to decreased nutrients in the food supplied by industrial agriculture. There are serious, important problems here, so it seems worthwhile to look for alternatives. At the opposite end of the spectrum from industrial agriculture in most things con(Continued on page 4)

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On the horizon: The Tommy Castro Band returns to Turn of the Century Saloon Friday, March 12 at 8PM.



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The Uncompahgre Valley Association will show the film (DVD) FRESH on March 22nd (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. at the old Montrose City Council Chambers off Centennial Plaza. FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re -inventing our food system.

The Tommy Castro Band was nominated for five Blues Music Awards this year: The band was nominated for Band of the Year. Tommy Castro was nominated for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Tommy was also nominated for Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Keith Crossan was nominated for Best Instrumentalist – Horn. “Hard Believer” was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Locally Wednesday • 3/3 Paul & Annie • 3/10 Mike Gwinn Thursday Belly Open Mic Canyon Creek B&B 3/4 Boxcar & Yengo 3/11 Dee Harthan Friday Belly - Patterson Brothers Saturday Horsefly Brew Pub

Saturday March 27th, 7 PM Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus Annual Show at Montrose Pavilion. Visit or call Pavilion at 249-7015 for details and advance tickets. This is a great show with guest quartet Summit. Tickets also at DeVinny Jewelers in Montrose.

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Explore the issues immigrants and refugees face upon leaving their homelands and attempting to make new lives in the United States

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May you have warm words on a cold evening A full moon on a dark night And the road downhill all the way to your door. May you get all your wishes but one So you always have something to strive for.

Green delicate shamrocks, the pungent smell of corned beef and cabbage, rivers and beers dyed green, the lilting sound of Irish music floating through the air, and all things Irish springing forth as thousands of people claiming Irish heritage march down the main streets of hundreds of towns and cities all over the world. St. Patrick’s Day is truly a global celebration in the 21st century. And what is amazing is the role that Americans have taken in bringing this holiday to global recognition.

Ireland, but in the United States in 1762 by Irish troops serving the British military in New York City. Today nearly 3 million people line the streets for this 5 ½ hour parade. In 1948, the first president, Harry Truman, attended the New York parade, a moment of triumph for the Irish Americans. In New York, no autos or floats are allowed in the parades. In Chicago in 1962, the tradition of dying the river green on St. Patrick’s Day began. A green vegetable dye is poured into the river that lasts several hours.

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for over a thousand years in Ireland. March 17th is the religious feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He was born near the end of the 4th century to wealthy parents in Britain. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland, where he spent the next 6 years as a shepherd.

Over 36.5 million Americans claim Irish heritage. That’s nine times the population of Ireland itself. In 1995 the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick’s Day as a tourist opportunity staging a multi-day festival in Dublin. Today that festival draws over one million people every year. There are hundreds of parades held all around the world on this day.

He escaped by walking 200 miles to the coast and returned to Britain where he took up his religious studies. After his ordination he was sent back to Ireland. He became a popular religious teacher as he incorporated many of the old Irish pagan traditions into his teachings about Christianity. He lit bonfires on Easter, added the sun to the cross to form the Celtic Cross, and used the shamrock, the sacred plant symbolizing the rebirth of spring, to explain the Trinity. Many legends were told about St. Patrick, including the famous story of how he banished all the snakes from Ireland. There were never any snakes in Ireland, but the story symbolized how he banished the pagan beliefs from Ireland. 200 years later, all of Ireland had been converted to Christianity.

Originally, the Irish celebrated St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday, attending church in the morning and eating the traditional meal of Irish Bacon and cabbage and soda bread. When the Irish emigrants came to America, the Jewish people living here introduced them to corned beef, and since that time corned beef and cabbage has become the traditional meal. The wearing of the green on St. Patrick’s Day denotes a person’s ancestry or desire to be Irish. Irish music is enjoyed along with the corned beef and cabbage meal. Shamrocks have become the number one Irish symbol for this holiday with wearing green, drinking green beer and milk shakes, and eating green pies.

When the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland in 1845 -1852, one million Irish people died and over one million emigrated, many pouring into the United States. There was not much religious or cultural tolerance in those times, and the Irish had difficulty in finding work. They soon realized their great numbers had political power and they organized to become the “Green Machine,” effecting many changes. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in

A St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Champ 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 1 bunch green onions, sliced (about 1 1/3 cups) Cook potatoes in pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring cream and butter to simmer in heavy small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Mix in green onions. Remove from heat. Cover and let steep while potatoes cook. Drain potatoes thoroughly. Return potatoes to same pot and mash. Add cream mixture and stir until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Cover; let stand at room temperature. Rewarm over low heat, stirring often.)

Irish Brown Bread 2 cups whole-wheat flour 2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda

The leprechaun is another symbol that owes its thanks to an American. Originally leprechauns were cranky fairies who were known for their trickery and trying to keep secret the location of their treasure, usually a pot of gold found at the end of the rainbow. But in 1959, Walt Disney released his film about leprechauns, “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” in which leprechauns took on a new cheerful and friendly image and so leprechauns became a positive symbol for modern St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. America has had a great influence on this traditional holiday that is now celebrated world-wide.

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a 9- by 2-inch round cake pan. Whisk together flours, wheat germ, salt, sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a large bowl until combined well. Blend in butter with a pastry blender or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in center and add buttermilk, stirring until a dough forms. Gently knead on a floured surface, adding just enough more flour to keep dough from sticking, until smooth, about 3 minutes. Transfer dough to cake pan and flatten to fill pan. With a sharp knife, cut an X (1/2 inch deep) across top of dough (5 inches long). Bake until loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when bottom is tapped, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack and cool, right side up, about 1 hour. Cooks' notes: – Bread can be served the day it is made, but it slices more easily if kept, wrapped in plastic wrap, at room temperature 1 day. – Leftover bread keeps, wrapped in plastic wrap, at room Temperature.

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sidered above are the Amish—the quaint horse-and-buggy folks sometimes referred to as ”Pennsylvania Dutch” though they are also found outside that state, with the largest populations in Ohio. A recent comparative Ohio State study of Amish and conventional farmers there found that, “Small highlydiversified Amish farms relying on traditional draft horse-powered equipment have remained surprisingly competitive even in a market dominated by huge farms with massive machinery investments.” In fact, the Amish farms were more profitable, certainly on a per acre basis, earning $126/acre for small grains, $253/acre for alfalfa and $65/ acre for corn, compared to $28, $124 and minus $9 for those same crops on conventional farms. While the Amish spend more time per acre, they spend less total time per year than their conventional neighbors. How does this happen? The actual acres devoted to the three crops on Amish Farms were only 15, 20 and 15 requiring only 920 hours per year of work to farm them. The 1000 acres of the conventional farm required 3600 hours of work per year! Facts and figures better illustrated by an earlier report on “Amish Economics” in Ohio which not only confirmed the greater profitability of the Amish farms but also observed that in the adult baseball league in the town near the Amish settlement, Amish teams always had full player turn-out while the conventional farmer teams constantly scrambled to have a full team and regularly accepted Amish substitutes to keep from forfeiting games—perhaps a commentary not on who works hardest, but certainly on who has more leisure time. This study also examined the most serious problems of the two groups. For the Amish the main problem was finding land to buy which they considered suitable for farms for their sons. For the conventional farmers it was simply staying in business I brought the Amish into the discussion for several reasons. First to contrast their farming with conventional agriculture, but also to show that alternatives can be successful. Equally important, they demonstrate that life can be approached in a much more thoughtful and deliberate way that is still quite creative and not-at-all oppressive (contrary to the first impression many of us might have of the Amish). This thoughtful, creative approach is illustrated by the quite varied adaptations different groups of them have made to modern technology and ways. Some operations are almost totally animal and human powered. Others might have a gasoline engine- powered hay baler pulled by a team of horses. Still others might use a tractor for heavy plowing. The variation is explained by different decisions different church districts (the functional operational social unit in Amish society) made when confronting some new technology or practice. The central question they ask is simply “Will this help or hinder us in living how we have chosen to live?” And being very normal human beings, they come up with different answers while holding to some fundamental principles common to all Amish groups. And there is one further point which is important. In a recent world-wide study of what was described as life satisfaction –a term describing not just the exuberant giddiness of a lottery winner, but instead, a deeper, calmer, sustained celebration of the circumstances people find themselves in, with the lives they have been able to create within those circumstances.

The study found several groups at the top of the scale in which 7 was the highest score possible. At the very top were the Inuit (Eskimos) in northern Greenland with a score of 5.9. Virtually as high in second place with a score of 5.8 were the Amish (the Masai cattle herders in East Africa were third with 5.7). There are many things which can be taken from such results, but primary among them is the importance of community and a way of getting along in the world in harmony with nature—factors which describe the Amish very well. And, in fact, also describe very well many in our country, and community (and around the world) who are part of a renaissance of ecologically-oriented and locally-based food production which has adopted a variety of descriptive names including organic, permaculture, holistic, new agrarianism and several variations of sustainable. All share some things in common with the Amish, most notably the thoughtful, deliberate approach to how they have chosen to produce food as an integral part of their lives. At a recent program on sustainable agriculture held by the Montrose League of Women Voters, one of the speakers, when asked how he got into what he was doing, replied that when he and his wife started to have children, they looked for a way to make a living that could engage the whole family, that would maintain and maybe even improve their health, and that was consistent with the long-term well-being of the planet. They now have a successful market garden and kitchen operation which helps supply the local farmers market and other food outlets in the community. This is just one example in our community, but there are many more here and across the country. An inspiring DVD entitled FRESH has recently appeared which surveys a surprising variety of sustainable operations engaged in several aspects of food production from a downtown garden greens complex to larger farms raising animals and field crops. I’d like to conclude with a brief survey of some of those examples. An up-and-coming professional black basket ball player had finished a game with his team in Europe and was traveling through that countryside. He was struck by the beauty of the farms and farmland and how it reminded him of his childhood farm days back in the U.S. Almost on the spot he decided that those farms represented what he really wanted to do in life. He now has a three-acre intensive produce garden offering 150 varieties of what he calls micro greens within the city of Milwaukee. He takes food wastes from the town and expired food from the supermarkets, composts it with earthworms to create soil for his garden beds. He has fish ponds that provides further fertilization to keep astoundingly high production levels without using any commercial fertilizer. He not only employs a significant number of people at different stages of his operation, but has ongoing open house days and other outreach efforts that have created a mushrooming in the number of individual garden plots within the city. Joel Salatin and his Polyface farm outside of Swope, Virginia are recognizable to anyone who is at all familiar with the sustainable agriculture movement in the U.S. In size, his farm is more like what most of us consider a farm to be, but is probably not a full 100 acres. But by concentrating on growing grass (no plowing here), with a continuous rotation of cows, chickens, hogs, sheep with appropriate rest periods for the fields, he is able to earn $3,000/acre/ year compared to his neighbors practicing conventional agriculture earning $150/acre/year. He hasn’t bought any seed or an ounce of commercial fertilizer in 30 years. Because he closely mimics nature in the operation of his farm, weed or animal diseases have never been a problem. Incidentally, it was a visit to Polyface farm by a young local farmer, also a speaker at the league program, that was the final inspiration that propelled him into a nationallyrecognized, high quality meat production operation here in Montrose. I’ve not mentioned here anything specifically about

ranching although operations like Polyface farm graze their animals on cultivated pastures. But there is a vibrant movement afoot in the ranching world using ecological/holistic approaches to raising animals on both cultivated and natural grazing land. It is every bit as effective and exciting as the cultivation examples above. And it is worthwhile to emphasize the element that is essential to most sustainable food production—the importance of having both plants and animals involved in the moving of nutrients through the production/consumption/waste and recovery cycle. Nature has the animals fed by the plants and the plants fed by the animal wastes, and it happens automatically in sustainable systems. This is just an overview, but hopefully it at least cracks open the door to this exciting and important movement that is central to getting human habitation on this beautiful planet back on track. We are looking forward to a continuing conversation and UVA will arrange for a public showing of the FRESH video in the near future to provide a springboard. Stay tuned.

Stu Krebs Co-President UVA The Food Safety Act (S.510) that will probably be taken up by Congress in March needs to exempt small farms from some of the provisions. As it now stands small local farmers will be subjected to the same burdensome paperwork and fees imposed on industrial farming operations. For more information on this, please go to the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) web page: http:// action/public/?action_KEY=1775

If you are interested in learning more about UVA please call our current co-presidents Stu Krebs at 249-8939 or Dale Reed at 252-1599.

The Uncompahgre Valley Association will show the film (DVD) FRESH on March 22nd (Monday) at 6:30 p.m. at the old Montrose Ciry Council Chambers off Centennial Plaza. FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system.

Census Bureau Facts for Montrose County: Estimated 2008 County population: 40,539 Persons with a disability, 2000: 6,186 Mean travel time to work: 21.5 minutes Median household income, 1999: $45,254 Persons below poverty, 2007: 12.6% Home ownership rate, 2000: 74.9% Private nonfarm establishments, 2007: 1,468 Total number of firms (businesses), 2002: 4,457 Women-owned firms, 2002: 25.2% Retail sales per capita, 2002: $11,592 Federal spending, 2008: $1,240,679 Federal spending, Colorado, 2008: $38,014,784

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Count helps those most at risk Tony Hernandez, This March you're going to receive something very valuable in your mailbox or at your home: a 2010 Census questionnaire. Just how valuable is it? The data collected by the 2010 Census will help define how $400 billion in federal funding is allocated over the next 10 years. This money comes, in part, from tax dollars we have all paid, and will be given to states and communities for essential programs such as schools and libraries, tuition assistance, health services, parks and road improvements. It has been estimated that each Coloradan counted is worth $880 — that adds up to approximately $4.27 billion per year. So now you know how the money is allocated, and how much we, as a state, stand to gain, but do you know why Colorado needs it, and which Coloradans need it the most? Almost everyone utilizes at least one of the vital programs funded by federal dollars, or knows and cares about someone who utilizes one. As of 2008, it is estimated that our state population has grown to more than 5 million people. Per the American Community Survey (ACS), there are at least 492,000 Coloradans over the age of 65, 44.5 percent to 45.7 percent of whom live alone. It's easy to imagine that Colorado's health and senior services are essential to many of these people. Of Colorado's more than 620,000 families with children, 12.6 percent to 13.4 percent live below the poverty level. This includes between 181,156 and 194,196 children under the age of 18.Many of these families rely on programs such as food stamps, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and other

Community health services just to survive. In 2009, 15 percent of the financial aid provided at Colorado's state colleges and universities came from the federal government, a significant amount considering the rising cost of higher education. For many students and families, college is just not an option without financial aid, making an accurate count in 2010 extremely important to them. Libraries in cities and towns across the state provide safe, reliable learning and recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, during the recent economic downturn, many Colorado libraries have been forced to cut hours, services and staff, and in some cases, close their doors altogether. Because their funding relies in great part on Census data, this is a perfect example of how an accurate Census count helps our communities. These are just a few examples of how valuable an accurate census count is to Colorado. The best part is how easy it is for you to help Colorado get the money it needs. The 2010 Census questionnaire is the shortest in history with 10 simple questions, and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. Participating in the Census is a constitutional requirement, but more importantly, it's the patriotic thing to do. Completing and returning your census questionnaire is like writing a check to your community, so please do your part. Watch for the questionnaire arriving in your mailbox or at your home in March. Complete it, return it and be counted! Tony Hernandez is the director of the Division of Local Government for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. He is the chairman of the state's Complete Count Committee for the 2010 Census.

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2010 CENSUS – IT‘S SAFE The U.S. Constitution mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the United States, including people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens. The first census was conducted in 1790 and has been carried out every 10 years since then. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your answers with ANYONE, including the I.R.S., law enforcement, even the President. In 1953 during the Truman administration, the White House needed renovation, making it necessary to relocate the President. The Secret Service requested from the Census Bureau information on residents living in the proposed relocation area for the purpose of performing background checks. However, because census data are ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL, even to the President, the request was denied. President Truman spent his exile at Blair House. Records are not made public until 72 years after the census is conducted, when it can be used for historical research, genealogies, etc. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of non-disclosure and are sworn to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both. Responses to the 2010 Census questionnaire are required by law. Addresses not responding by April 1 will be visited in person by a census worker wearing a badge and carrying a bag beginning in late April through July. Be counted in 2010 and be part of the snapshot of our nation’s population! It’s absolutely confidential! Nancy Ball Montrose County League of Women Voters and member of 2010 Census Complete Count Committee

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Health and Wellness What would Jefferson do? No, I am not starting with a plug for Thom Hartman's fine book on Thomas Jefferson and the revitalization of our American democracy. Rather, since the Supreme Richard Gingery is a retired physician Court handed down and former President of Health Care their decision in for All Colorado. the case of Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission opening the door wide to campaign financing by corporations, I've had the uneasy feeling that somewhere Thomas Jefferson may be plotting a new American Revolution. Candidates and citizens alike are concerned that corporations may now simply buy the election outcome they seek, transforming our democracy to a more complete corporatocracy than it already is. Others, less concerned about the consequences of the Supreme Court decision, try to assure us that, though the door is now open even to foreign corporations with American ties, those corporations surely will not charge through that door. While our current office holders may see this decision as a threat to their own job security, the real threat may be to our health and our environment. Environmentalists have always faced an uphill battle against the incredibly well-funded extractive and mining industries, but that hill has now become a virtual cliff. We who are serious about health care reform know that covering everyone, controlling costs and improving medical outcomes can be done far better through a single payer system-- Medicare for All-- than through any of the other proposals now being considered. This claim is not merely the sentiment of single payer supporters. In California and in Colorado the Lewin Group analyzed single payer proposals and compared those proposals to both our current health care non-system and to systems based on health insurance reforms, and in both cases single payer proposals were the only proposals to cover all, improve outcomes and reduce costs. But in light of this pro-corporation Supreme Court decision

none of the advantages a single payer system may offer really matters. Politicians beholden to the health insurance industry for their own job security are not likely to jump into the single payer camp. Citizens who bypass politicians by moving straight to the ballot initiative process will find just how deep the pockets of the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry actually are, much to the detriment of a citizen proposal for single payer. If the push for single payer health care reform is to go on, and I believe it must, we in the single payer movement now have two fights on our hands. Foremost, we must keep the idea of single payer health care in full view. But we must also be willing to join in the effort to undo the damage the Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission decision will do if left unchecked. Several measures have already been proposed to alleviate the full effects of the decision, but proposals such as having stock-owner approval for corporate spending on political activity could still present the threat that enormous resources could be directed against a single payer campaign. The original decision to give corporations the rights of citizens was actually made accidentally in 1886 by a clerk to one of the justices on the court. Perhaps the best way to undo that mistake would be to amend the Constitution to read something like: To preserve our authentic democracy, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship will be reserved for human beings. No instrument created by those self-same humans may enjoin, augment or substitute for the rights and responsibilities reserved for citizens. Although most of us in the single payer health care movement have focused our energies on health care and the reforms needed to make our health care a right instead of a commodity, the Supreme Court has now issued a wake up call reminding us that we need to focus equally on the political process required to make our dream a reality. If we wait for someone else to fix the campaign finance reform problem, we may be putting the single payer health care proposals we so dearly love and so desperately need on hold for a very long time. While the ghost of Jefferson rises from his grave to do battle once more for democracy, we must not go quietly to our own graves having lost the battle for health care because we would not take on the battle to keep humans in the drive's seat.

Where to find “Connections” Montrose



Alpine Bank, East Main *Back Street Bagel *City Market South City Market downtown *Chamber of Commerce *Coffee Trader Costa Alegre, Restaurant *Center for Personal and Spiritual Growth *Center for Spiritual Awareness *Daily Bread *Jovis Café Judith Boise, Naturopath, 1008 W Oak Grove Rd *Nepal Restaurant, Main Street *News Paper Corner, Main Post Office Montrose *Northside Child Health Center *Montrose Library *Phillips 66, Gas Station Niagara *Region 10, 300 North Cascade *Sinclair Gas Station, S.Townsend *Southwest Hearing Service

*Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodge *Back Street Bagel & Deli *Cascade Mercantile

*Paonia Library * Expressions Book Store *Radio Station KVNF *High Country News *Moonrise Espresso/Bakery *Old River Road Trading Post Paonia Library

Ridgway Orvis Hot Springs *Cimarron Books *Chipeta Sun Lodge *Ridgway Integrative Medicine



*Women’s Spirit Retreat *Manna Natural Foods *Total Family Wellness

*Sinclair Gas Station



*Center For Spiritual Living. *Delta Library *Nu U Health Store Delta Health &Human Service The Family Resource Center

Ridgway Library

*Hardin's Natural Foods *Hotchkiss Library *The Bread Basket Bakery and Cafe *Coaltrain Coffeehouse

You can enjoy the “Connections” electronically at:

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By Paul Glanville, MD

I was a “Schwache Schwester.” Eight weeks ago I was rubbing bio-identical testosterone cream on my thigh using my forearm (I had been using it for about 6 wks) and I thought, “Whose leg is this?” and “Whose forearm is this?” For perhaps the first time in my life, I could see my veins under the skin, the muscles were firm and I was stronger than I had ever been in my whole life of 63 years. In some ways that isn’t saying much because I had been fat and out of shape most of my life. When I had my birthday last June, my friends at Cross Fit exercise class asked me how I felt, and said that I felt good. The rest of the day I thought about that and I realized that I felt better than I had in my whole prior life – and that was before I started the testosterone which changed me even more. I enjoyed exercise more and was spontaneously doing more exercise alone. So, what had happened to me? “Hey, guys, this is my schwache Schwester.” My brother and his friends all roared with laughter. My older brother had started German classes and found out that that phrase meant “weak sister.” He began referring to me that way and introduced me to his friends with that phrase. I was 11 years old, fat and terribly uncoordinated from lack of exercise because when I was five years old, the doctors told my parents that I had “heart disease” and should never do anything strenuous for the rest of my life and that I may never be able to leave the house again. From then on, I was told to not exert myself in any way. I did end up back in school in a few months but was miserable from being the butt of all the jokes, beaten up by the school bullies and the last one chosen for any kind of game. When I was 16, I decided to try to exercise because I thought the doctors had been wrong about my heart. I would like to say that I changed remarkably and became a great athlete, but that would not be

true. I did lose weight and I did try to exercise, but I was so uncoordinated from no exercise for 11 years and had had such a bad experience with group games that I did not do well, although I tried. I struggled with weight and diet for another 44 years. In 1997, I went through some extreme emotional trauma and lost all hope and vision for my future. I prayed every night that God would just let me die in my sleep. In 2001, I almost died scuba diving – something happened called “immersion induced pulmonary edema” (the fluid from my blood leaked into my lungs and I basically drowned 110 feet under water. The whole story is much longer but that will suffice for here). I spent four days on a ventilator in an ICU and I heard a voice – a scripture from the middle of Lamentations chapter 3 – “It is by God’s grace that we are not consumed. His loving kindness is renewed every morning.” There were at least four separate miracles that occurred that kept me alive and I realized that perhaps God still had some purpose for my life. I began to look ahead in my life realizing that I could live another 30 or more years and I wanted to make them count – the way I put it was, “I don’t want to be drooling in my oatmeal the last 15 years of my life.” I got more serious about nutrition and exercise but that continued to be a serious uphill battle. I began to pray to find a woman who wasn’t afraid to get sweaty and dirty and who liked to hike, ski, scuba dive and who was interested in good nutrition. I was introduced to La Vonne in 2006 through and we got married and I moved to Colorado. I still struggled with junk food addiction and had to push to exercise because I didn’t find it much fun. La Vonne dragged me to a Cross Fit Exercise class 15 months ago – I almost walked out every day for two months and was on the verge of tears every day. With a lot of encouragement from everyone there I have stuck it out and now I really enjoy exercise. I am able to do harder exercise than ever in my life and I enjoy it now. In November 2008, I attended a medical convention put on by ACAM. I had my world of medi cine shaken. I began studying huge amounts of

information that was new to me and my eyes began to open to new areas of medicine. I was learning about bio-identical hormone replacement and disease preventive medicine (“antiaging”). Other major things that have helped me have been getting toxic heavy metals (mercury and lead) out of my body, finding out I was gluten sensitive and getting on a gluten-free nutrition plan, treating stage 2 of adrenal fatigue and the love of my wonderful wife. I am more excited about medicine than I have ever been and I am excited about studying these new concepts. I hope that I have more answers to many people’s problems than I have had before and I want to share what I have experienced for myself with patients.

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March 2010

Dr. Karen Mercer, Audiologist and Owner at SOUTHWEST HEARING SERVICES, has been serving the Montrose/Delta/Gunnison areas since 1990. She moved to Montrose in 1990 after serving for a year as an audiologist with the National Audiology Centre in Auckland ,New Zealand.

Dr. Darla Gilder is the other doctorate level audiologist on staff .and has been with us now 8 years. “She is an awesome compliment to my practice”, says Dr. Mercer. Kristine Ash is our third audiologist on staff whose specialties are pediatrics and cochlear implant patients. “We all compliment each other as a team, with each of us having special skills that are used daily! There are some firm rules/guidelines at the office that are strictly dictated by Dr. Mercer: #1. Have fun at your job/smile/laugh! #2. If you are sick….stay home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With so many new technologies available now to help with all types of hearing loss it is a very exciting time in this field of work. She is a doctoral level audiologist with a Masters Degree in Audiology from University of Northern Colorado and a recent Doctorate Degree from University of Arizona Health Sciences/AT Still University. “I finished my Doctorate in 2007, which was a long haul for the single mom/business owner/ performing musician!” My decision to go back to school as an older student was based on a number of factors. But the main one was to ask myself the following questions: • •

Special Audiology/Hearing Aid Services: * Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) evaluations and management * Hearing Aid Demos/HI FREQ Hearing Aids

* Musicians (prevention of hearing loss/ musicians ear plugs/consultations)

Parting Comments: “I have been working with patients with hearing loss now for over 25 years and I can honestly say I still LOVE My favorite part of my work is the people! Hearing MY WORK!!!!” loss affects all age groups/all socioeconomic planes and all walks of life…So in any given day at the office I may see patients ranging from a 2 yr old with speech delays, a teen with hearing loss from too loud music on his IPOD, an attorney in his 50’s having trouble hearing in the courtroom, a teacher in her 30’s having trouble hearing in the classroom, a 25 yr old with hearing loss from construction jobs, a musician with hearing loss still needing to hear while performing his music, or a 90 yr old who is having trouble hearing her weekly bridge group! Wow, now that’s variety in the workplace!!!!! Warmth, caring personality and expert knowledge are what keep bringing patients back to our office and provide us with a large network of referrals from area doctors and patients. “ I am blessed with an incredibly awesome staff at my office and that is what makes or breaks a practice.” says Dr. Mercer. Everyone on the staff has come my way by word of mouth which has been a great fit for us all. Jeannie, my front desk scheduler/ greeter always has a smile for everyone! Cheri, my audiology assistant/lab tech/master hearing aid cleaner also always has a smile for everyone (probably because as a Leadville native she thinks Montrose is the banana belt). Kris, my office manager/bookkeeper who’s favorite line is, “No big deal, just get it done!” Judy, who has recently joined us as part of our clerical staff is getting the hang of SPEAKING LOUDLY!

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* Full diagnostic audiology evaluations

* Protection/Prevention of Hearing loss manWould going back to school benefit my pa- agement tients? * Custom ear Wear ( Cell Phone/IPOD plugs/ How would I feel when I am 80 yrs old, Sleep plugs/Noise Plugs/Swim Plugs)

looking back at my life, if I did NOT do it?? Would I regret it?? The answers were instantaneous! Yes!!!! Since the Doctorate was NOT a PhD, (an AuD) all the course work was of a practical nature. I would seriously regret NOT furthering my education!!

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Universal Interfaith Church Events


Personal and Spiritual Growth

Tuesdays New Dream Group to explore and understand our dreams, 10:00 am at Meadowlark Library, 2378 Robins Way. Call 252-0908 for more information.

Wednesdays - Coffee Talks, 10:00 am at Maui Wowi in Oxbow Crossing, Montrose. An informal discussion about all things spiritual, sponsored by the Universal Interfaith Church. Free coffee. 252-0908.

Sunday, March 7 - Open Heart Drum Circle, 12:45 pm at Lions park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose. Drummers of all ages and experiences welcome. We have extra instruments. Sponsored by the Universal Interfaith Church, 252-0908 for more information.

“Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The Bible, Hebrews 11:1 If you’ve read much of the Bible, you know it’s filled with stories in which God, or sometimes Jesus, would ask individuals to do what appeared to be foolish things as acts of

March 14 - Special Celtic Service in honor of St. Patrick's Day, 10:45 am, Lions Park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose, sponsored by the Universal Interfaith Church. 2520908. March 20 - Spring Prayer Gathering, 11:00 am, at the Peace Pole in Ute Indian Park, across the street from the Ute Indian Museum, Montrose, sponsored by the Universal Interfaith Church. Prayers for World Peace and the Healing of Mother Earth. Everyone welcome. 252-0908. 10:45 am, Lions park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose, sponsored by the Universal Interfaith Church. 2520908.

their faith. For example, Noah was told to build a huge ark to protect civilization from the great flood, when it hadn’t rained in forever. Imagine how foolish that appeared to the town-folk, at least until it started raining!

March 28 - Special Seder Service and Dinner, 10:45 am, Lions park Community Building, 602 N. Nevada, Montrose, honoring Palm Sunday (Christian faith) and Passover (Jewish faith), sponsored by the Universal Interfaith Church. 2520908.

Abraham was told to sacrifice his only and beloved son, Isaac. Then, at the last minute, just as Abraham took the knife to slay his son, he was given a reprieve.

March 21 - Blessing of the Elders,

The Asanga Center 13027 6080 Road, Montrose. Sundays: Sunday Morning Meditation, 9:00 am, Monday Meditation at 7pm Wednesday Introduction to Meditation at 10am

Thursday Dharma Discussion at 7 pm Saturday Introduction to Buddhism at 11am For more information call: 970-249-1488 Our website:

Join us for A Faith Conversation on Immigration:

Before healing someone, Jesus would ask them to do some little act, like rubbing mud and spit on their eyes, that made no sense and had no correlation whatsoever to their particular healing, all as a sign of their faith. And there are numerous other stories that all seem to convey the same truth, that for faith truly to be “the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen,”

then we have to do something that may appear foolish, or even irresponsible, to our sense of reason (not to mention dangerous!) to show that we really believe in the power of faith. Otherwise, it’s no more than intellectual assent. We don’t really believe at all. And sometimes the foolish things call for us to stake our very life on them. In the last Indiana Jones movie, he reaches a huge chasm that he must cross in order to escape. The only problem is that there is no bridge to go across—at least not one he can see with his eyes. He soon comes to understand that if he will just walk out in faith, the bridge will, indeed, appear, but not until he has actually stepped out over the chasm. I’m sure that felt both foolish and dangerous! And yet, he knew he had to trust his faith, and of course, as he steps out, the bridge appears. In faith, it was assured, even though unseen! So the question is, how do those same, seemingly foolish and even dangerous, acts present themselves to you, as a sign of your willingness to have faith? Here’s one that shows up for me on occasion. Since I’m in business for myself, my income is dependent on the number of clients I serve. Whenever a client decides that their work with me is done, my first impulse is to focus on the loss of a client and the resultant lack of money. I can quickly get into my fears and start to be more conservative in my spending. That seems like the responsible and wise thing to do. It would seem foolish, irresponsible, perhaps even dangerous, for me to continue on

The Asanga Center Tibetan Buddhist Center *

13027 6080 Road, Montrose

Who's My Neighbor? St. Mary's Catholic Church off Niagara Street

Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM The program is a joint project of the Colorado Council of Churches, American Friends Service Committee, The Bell Policy Center, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and Iliff School of Theology.

The program combines video presentations, discussions and informative handouts.


970-249-1488 ~

March 14th, noon Lunch Potluck at the Center ~ March 27th Retreat at the Center 9am - 3pm ~ Sunday March 7 & 21 Classes in Grand Junction at the Academy Yoga Center from 3-4

living as before without any kind of tangible assurance of funds coming forth. I want certainty before I’ll trust my present spending patterns. And therein lies the challenge. Faith has nothing to do with tangible certainty—which, it seems, is what we all really want. Rather it’s about things hoped for and yet not seen! It’s about stepping out, not knowing, only trusting that our Source will continue to provide. Never mind that this has happened to me several times over the course of the years, and never mind that always has my Source provided for me, I can still “forget” and get back into my fears. It’s all rather insane! For consider the peace I could feel all of the time, if I just trusted in faith and went on calmly living my life, doing what I do, trusting my Source. So, back to my question. How do those faith challenges show up for you? And what do you do then? The faithful thing, of course, is to trust in “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” And just go on living in peace, believing that the Source of all that is will continue to bring to you what you need to be happy. That is the best way. I know. I’ve gone the “safe and reasonable” route, and it’s never pretty! Copyright 2010 The Reverend Dr. Jerry Overton Jerry is a Master Certified Coach who loves to help others live in peace and abundance! He can be reached at 970-252-9311 or by email at


Networking the Western Slope for Healthy Communities

March 2010

Whole Life Directory Network Directory

Business Members of The Whole Life Network Business and Non Profit Members of The Whole Life Network

These leading representatives of our holistic community are happy to talk to you about what they do and why!

Business & Professional Services

Regina Sowell, 970.249.4265 Advertising Representative

Colorado Clean Energy Systems LLC. Solar heating, radiant floor, and high efficiency boilers (970) 901-8757 -

Southwest Hearing Services, Inc


816 South Fifth St., Montrose, CO Dr. Karen Mercer, 970-249-3971

Counseling & Growth

Don Bailey REMAX / Alpine View (970) 249-6658

CHF Coaching and Consulting Carol Harris-Fike (970) 249-4162, Ontological Coach, Reiki & Emotional Freedom Tech.

Great Solar Works 701 Chipeta Dr. Ridgway, CO 970-626-5253,

Pam Schofield, M.A.

Import Auto Clinic, Inc.

Life Transitions: Coaching and Counseling 543 S.2nd Street, Montrose, CO 970.252.0911

Family Practice

Morningstar Veterinary Clinic

DR. Paul Glanville, MD

Bettye Hooley, DVM (970) 249-8022 Holistic animal treatment

Rocky Mountain Integrative Medicine (970) 626-9877 South Amelia, Ridgway

Mediation & Group Facilitation Tricia Winslow – free consultation 970.323.5585 or

Healing & Bodywork

Caring-Hope Wellness

Organizations Delta County Tobacco Coalition Karen O’Brien,970-874-2517

Uncompahgre Valley Association

Stu Krebs at 249-8939 or Dale Reed at 252-1599. Retreats and Destinations Stone Forest Retreat – Cedaredge David & Betsy Koos (970) 856-9656 Ongoing retreats and educational experiences

Spiritual Practices Universal Interfaith Church Rev. Arlyn Macdonald (970) 252-0908

Roland Holzwarth (970) 249-0397 Local Health Community online

Sherry Olree R.N., H.N.- B.C., C.H.T.P. (970) 240-9023 Healing Touch, Acupressure, Tuning Forks

The Center of Personal and Spiritual Growth, Inc.

Colorado Retirement Services

Full Circle Integrative Therapies

Dr. Jerry Overton (970) 252-9311

Montrose Marilynn Huseby, 970-252-1040

Elizabeth Roscoe, B.A., C.M.T. Mind/Body Coach, Movement, Bodywork (970) 249-0397

Uncompahgre Yoga Circle Lynda Alfred (970) 275-0109 Certified Iyengar Yoga



"Let us begin anew remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." John F. Kennedy Can conflict be a positive force that moves us through disagreements to make necessary changes, create options for ourselves and work toward the best decision for all concerned? Might disagreements actually make a relationship stronger and lead to improved communication skills? What makes someone’s mind, shift, or position, move? A mediator plays this role and over time comes to see that often individuals can come together, share information and actively participate in creating decisions mutually agreeable to those involved. It’s a skill that can be taught, practiced and role modeled throughout our society. A facilitator, or respected third-party neutral, is the center of the process and such a role has been historically demonstrated throughout human cultures. Think of the honored elder who is called upon to resolve quarrels in the community. We hear more about civility these days and that is another reason processes such as mediation are important. What does civility really mean? According to Princeton University’s WordNet civility is, “the act of showing regard for others.” Civil discourse, honest debate, conversations that explore issues and perspectives don’t lend

themselves to modern “sound bite” technology. Honest dialogue is rarely seen or modeled in our media. In addition, much of today’s communication occurs through some intermediary device like email or a cell phone; face-to-face discussions are becoming rare as the need to engage and create complex answers increases. Studies have shown that many prefer using an ATM rather than meeting a bank teller one-on-one, for example. Mediation demonstrates that conflicts can be resolved positively as it spreads to our families, neighborhoods, towns, cities, states, country and world. Fourth-grade peer mediators work out playground squabbles, but also model their skills at the family dinner table. Restorative conferencing allows a victim to seek answers and accountability from the perpetrator directly. The offender is given the opportunity to right the wrong and be accepted back in to the community. Mediators solve employment disputes and court cases, often with all parties feeling satisfied. Tricia Winslow’s practice includes mediation, group facilitation, conflict assessments, restorative practices, training as well as personal consultations. Areas of interest include employment, landuse, community issues, group facilitation and public

policy decision making. She holds an Organizational Communications degree from Western State College in Gunnison. Her first mediation training was with Boulder’s wellknown CDR Associates in 1994. She completed an Advanced Study Certificate in Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) at the University of Denver in 1999. In March of 2006 Tricia became southwest Colorado’s first Program Administrator for the Judicial Branch’s Office of Dispute Resolution where she works part-time in five Judicial Districts from Grand Junction to the 4 Corners and east to the San Luis Valley. She serves on the One Community Project for Immigrant Integration Leadership Committee, the Montrose County Human Service’s Citizen Advisory Board and recently the Montrose Public Art eXperience (PAX).

Tricia Winslow ~ Mediation & Facilitation Services P.O. Box 1019, Montrose, CO. 81402 970.323.5585

March 2010

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The Whole Life Network is pleased to partner with One Community to provide this page on a monthly basis with news and up dates about community integration efforts in Montrose and Delta counties. One Community is an immigrant integration project whose mission is to provide opportunities for cultural awareness and understanding amongst the diverse ethnic groups who live in our valley. With a spirit of welcome for the contributions they make to our communities, One Community assists foreign born newcomers to find the resources they need to adjust to life in this country. The Connections is a great format to support these efforts and extend the Whole Life Network to people from around the world right here at home. For information about One Community call: 970– 249-6473 or 970-901-3439 or visit OCMD website:

One Community is pleased to offer a 40 hour medical interpreting training with Beth Kuperman, Director of Bilingual Medical Programs at the Telluride Medical Center. The course will be in Montrose in March and April. For more information about One Community go to:

Save the dates for these two great opportunities coming soon: Tuesday, March 16: Nonprofit Before Hours from 7:00-9:00 a.m. at the Montrose Library Wednesday, March 17: "What Every Nonprofit Should Know About Fraud" from 12:00-1:30 at the Montrose Library Technical Assistance Grant available: Richard Peterson with the Colorado Nonprofit Association sent the following information on a Technical Assistance Grant that is available to nonprofits in our area. Please read the attached application and guidelines. Note the due date is: March 12. "The Technical Assistance program run through the Colorado Nonprofit Association will provide on-site organization analysis, skill-based workshops, assistance with presentations, grants and contract reporting as well as personalized technical assistance in areas that an organization believes would be most beneficial to serving its mission. The program is targeted to organizations that are working on broad economic recovery issues present in their community by working with low income or underemployed individuals. While we are not offering monetary funds, we believe the resources are valuable and we want to find organizations who can really benefit from this program." Richard Peterson, Economic Recover & Community Outreach Coordinator Melanie Hall, Executive Director, Montrose Community Foundation




Por eso es tan importante que usted llene el cuestionario y lo devuelva por correo sin demora. La información del censo afecta la cantidad de espacios que su estado tiene en la Cámara de Representantes de los EE.UU. Y una gran variedad de personas utilizan los datos del censo para patrocinar causas, rescatar a víctimas de desastres, prevenir enfermedades, investigar mercados, ubicar grupos de trabajadores diestros y más. De hecho, la información que el censo recoge ayuda a determinar cómo se distribuyen más de $400 mil millones de dólares en fondos federales cada año para servicios como:

• • • • • •

Hospitales Centros de capacitación laboral Escuelas Centros para ancianos Puentes, túneles y otros proyectos de obras públicas Servicios de emergencia s

La participación no sólo es importante — es obligatoria. "Es absolutamente importante que las comunidades hispanas estén totalmente involucradas, participando en el conteo del 2010, para que todos nosotros seamos contados en ese censo y que nuestras comunidades puedan entonces recibir mejores beneficios.” -- Antonio Flores Presidente y CEO Asociación Hispana de Universidades (HACU)

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